I open my eyes and the light burns. Something my body has become used to. I breath in a deep breath, my lungs fill with clean air, I let out a small laugh. The clouds hanging over my eyes dissipate, and I see the world again. It looks different, so much clearer then I remember, I see the world in high definition.
I turn around and the deep hole from which I made my descent begins to seal itself. It looks like a red tornado in reverse, loud and overwhelming. When the ground finally stops moving, all that is left is lightly billowing steam.
I look at my blistered hands, they will heal, but I will never forget my 30 days in VHS Hell.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is my favorite film, and there was never a time when it wasn’t. My life is split into three parts. My birth, the day I first saw Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and everything after.
My love for the film was first informed by my love for Roald Dahl. When I was a young kid I read all his children books, and I still have my tattered and well-read Charlie and The Chocolate Factory book.
When I first saw the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, I had no clue that Dahl had disowned the film after writing the initial script, which was later rewritten by David Seltzer.
Regardless, watching the film was like reading my book. Everything seemed to work for me, it may have altered certain things, and added new subplots, but the imagination and creativity of the film gave me the exact feeling I had while reading the book.
I have no doubt that I have seen Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory more times than any other movie. It feels like every time I watch the film, I found something new to love.
Wonka’s allusions to famous writers.
The fact that Grandpa Joe looks like my grandpa.
Augustus Gloop’s dad eating the interviewers microphone.
“If a loaf of bread looks like a banquet, I have no business buying tobacco.”
The lyrics of “Cheer up Charlie”.
I could go on and on.
It is hard to review this film because I could never do it justice, it means to much to me. I could never finish the review, there will always be something that I will forget to mention.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is my favorite film and it always will be.
I love good dialogue in film. It is what I look for most when I’m watching a film. I think it is because I read so many books as a kid, so even though film is a visual medium, good dialogue is usually what sticks with me far after I have finished a film.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory has great dialogue, just like Dahl’s books. Here are a few of my favorite scenes.
It always hard to try to explain to someone why a certain film is your favorite film. After trying to explain every small detail, every funny line, every great scene, you usually end up just thinking “Why am I trying to justify this?”. It is your favorite film because it is your favorite film. Yes, grandpa Joe looks like my real grandpa Guillermo. Yes, Gene Wilder gives an incredible performance. Yes, there are more quotables than Oompa Loompas. Yes, the film is busting from the seems with imagination, but none of that really maters. Because, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is my favorite film, and I can’t explain why.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is my favorite film, everyone has their favorite film.
“You can escape purgatory, but you can’t escape Hell.” - Priest in My Left Foot
This has been day 30 of 30 VHS In 30 DAYS. My journey to the center of VHS Hell. Special thanks to I Luv Video in Austin, The World’s Largest Video Store, for being my spiritual and literal guide through VHS purgatory.